How to move goods from India to UK

Discussion in 'International Business' started by anitawee, Jun 28, 2019.

  1. anitawee

    anitawee UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    So quick question, my friend has a business in india and he wants me to sell his products here in the uk. Is there anyway to do this without having to produce an invoice as though I'm buying products from him? Does he have to pretend that he is selling them to me?

    Edit: Surely if I just make up an invoice, I can make up the cost to be as low as is acceptable and therefore added VAT and Duty is low. Is this correct?
     
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    Posted: Jun 28, 2019 By: anitawee Member since: Jun 28, 2019
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  2. Scalloway

    Scalloway UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Are you selling them on his behalf?
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2019 By: Scalloway Member since: Jun 6, 2010
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  3. WaveJumper

    WaveJumper UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    How are you going to sell his products in the UK
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2019 By: WaveJumper Member since: Aug 26, 2013
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  4. anitawee

    anitawee UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Yes, I thought of doing it as a sole trader. He has no establishings here in Uk.
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2019 By: anitawee Member since: Jun 28, 2019
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  5. anitawee

    anitawee UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    On amazon and other similar sites.
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2019 By: anitawee Member since: Jun 28, 2019
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  6. WaveJumper

    WaveJumper UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    It's either the Friday factor or the sun has got to every bodies head
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2019 By: WaveJumper Member since: Aug 26, 2013
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  7. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    If doing it as sole trader then a good idea to get invoices. You will need them when amazon ask for them. There will be probably duty and VAT to pay on the imported goods.
    If instead its him selling them and the goods are being stored in the UK at all then he'd need to register for VAT and collect the tax on each sale.

    Oh and evading taxes tends to annoy tax authorities. They may well be aware how much the value of something is.
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  8. anitawee

    anitawee UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Thanks very much for your reply. Any idea on how I'd go about just storing them in the UK in regards to import/export.
     
    Posted: Jun 28, 2019 By: anitawee Member since: Jun 28, 2019
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  9. Scalloway

    Scalloway UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Will the goods be imported by ship or by air?
     
    Posted: Jun 29, 2019 By: Scalloway Member since: Jun 6, 2010
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  10. anitawee

    anitawee UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Initially probably by air since there isn't that much, but he intends to start sending bigger heavier products eventually, so maybe part container.
     
    Posted: Jun 29, 2019 By: anitawee Member since: Jun 28, 2019
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  11. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    You would store them however you wanted if they were yours.
    In the house, in a container, in a garage, in a warehouse etc.

    If he wants to store them in the UK then probably a commercial operation that can then send items out would suit, such as a fulfilment place.
     
    Posted: Jun 29, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  12. Tom Gardner

    Tom Gardner UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Make up the cost. This isn't going to end well.
     
    Posted: Jun 30, 2019 By: Tom Gardner Member since: Dec 9, 2017
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  13. alagu

    alagu UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Just contact any wholesale shipment method based industry.
     
    Posted: Jul 1, 2019 By: alagu Member since: Jun 26, 2019
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  14. consultant

    consultant Your Business Community Staff Member

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    HMRC will not like this!

    They will need to raise an invoice to someone in the UK - no one has to pay the invoice! It needs to be realistic and duty/vat etc will be charged on.
     
    Posted: Jul 1, 2019 By: consultant Member since: Jan 21, 2008
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  15. TheoNe

    TheoNe UKBF Regular Full Member

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    In this scenario - honesty is the best policy. I definitely would not make up the cost or invoice.

    You can find some useful information here to start: https://www.gov.uk/goods-sent-from-abroad

    I hope this helps.
     
    Posted: Jul 12, 2019 By: TheoNe Member since: Jul 6, 2019
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  16. MarkHenry19

    MarkHenry19 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    It's simple. You can sell on Amazon.
     
    Posted: Jul 15, 2019 By: MarkHenry19 Member since: Jul 13, 2019
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